The eastern slope of the ancient Ural Mountains became the birthplace of a large city, the administrative center of the Sverdlovsk region. Yekaterinburg was founded in 1723 and named after Catherine II. Since then, the names of great political figures, their fates have been associated with the city, which stands along the banks of the Iset River. Now it is not only an industrial agglomerate of the Middle Urals, but also a major tourist center. Natural and man-made sights of Yekaterinburg are worthy of your acquaintance. The number of people wishing to see these historical sites is increasing every year. Their visit is included in the interesting tourist route "Big Ural Ring".
The famous Kharitonovsky Garden, which was admired by Alexander I, a complex of buildings of a huge estate located on Voznesenskaya Gorka and is a beautiful architectural monument. Most of the garden's trees have been growing here for over 200 years. You can walk on it at any time. You cannot enter the premises without an excursion group, but you can walk around, look from the side at the beautiful facades of the ensemble on your own. The estate houses a Museum and a children's art school. Additional interest in the monument is associated with numerous legends living within the ancient walls.
A hole formed in 1924 near the main entrance, a tunnel opened leading to underground passages from legends. The construction of the estate began in 1725, together with the Ascension Church. The architectural project was based on a classic example of manor buildings from the beginning of the 19th century. The representative appearance of the building is formed due to the angular location of the main building. In the background, in a beautiful park, there is a lake with a rotunda.
To see the Binturong cat bear, to get acquainted with 70 species of animals listed in the International Red Book, to look at the inhabitants of forests, rivers of the Urals, exotic representatives of the tropics are offered during an excursion to the zoo. It began its work in 1930 with 60 inhabitants. Now the zoo is home to 380 species, 1200 units. Five protected pavilions are occupied by heat-loving animals: lemurs, gibbons, monkeys, and an elephant. Turtles, tropical frogs, parrots, tiger python. Predators who are not afraid of the cold stroll through open enclosures.
The zoo hosts many interesting recreational activities for children. This is a fun birthday of animals, themed holidays, for example, pumpkin day, pestilence. Cats, chefs, biodiversity, tit day, etc. In addition to the familiarization excursion, themed trips around the zoo "Heroes of Fairy Tales", "Predators and Herbivores", "Feathered Monkeys", "Intelligence in the Animal World" are popular. And here they choose "Zoomiss" on the basis of voting on the site at the specified time. On the territory of the zoo there are children's attractions and a cafe. The zoo is open all year round.
The political views of the first president of Russia, the formation of his activities as an extraordinary personality was born in a house on the street of this city. He was able to infect a large number of people with his ideas, tasks and lead to a new life in the country. The stages of the president's difficult path were preserved in the memory of people in the expositions of the Yeltsin Museum and Center. The building is located on the same street where Yeltsin once lived. It has a gallery space with exhibitions of works by contemporary artists. Concert hall, restaurant, cafe, bookstore.
Events of the city's cultural life are held here. The Center was opened in November 2015. The Museum's expositions were created with the participation of the Museum Design Agency of America (headed by Ralph Applebaum). The basis for the creation of the museum is the concept of "seven days", developed by director Pavel Lungin. It has 9 thematic halls, such as "Presidential Marathon", "Farewell to the Kremlin", "Hall of Freedom", "August putsch". They are invited to visit from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm.
An active Orthodox church is located along the slope of the Voznesenskaya Gorka. This is a beautiful ensemble, which includes the buildings of the Upper, Lower temples, the Patriarch's courtyard. The consecration of the Upper Church took place in July 2003, and the Lower Church in 2010. The erection of a building with five domes, facades trimmed with red granite, is associated with the unforgettable events of Russian history - the execution of the royal family. Previously, this place was the house of Ipatiev, where the family met their death.
Excursions in Yekaterinburg are aimed at acquainting guests and residents of the city with the Ural capital. In our review, we tried to collect all the excursions around Yekaterinburg and the city's environs known to us. You will find out where you can go on excursions around the city and how to see its main attractions. We also considered excursions in the Urals and the Sverdlovsk region.
Yekaterinburg is now included in the list of cities in Russia, in which there are many historical, architectural and cultural attractions. Tourists often have questions about where to go on an excursion in Yekaterinburg and where to buy excursions around Yekaterinburg and the surrounding area. You can spend a lot of time looking for answers. It is much easier and more convenient to choose in advance and order an interesting excursion for you on the day and hour you need. To do this, you do not need to go anywhere, just go to sites with a catalog of excursions Tripster or, for example, Sputnik. Here is a wide list of proposals, among which it is easy to choose a suitable program by the description. In this simple way, you can plan your time yourself. Prices for excursions around Yekaterinburg start at 520 rubles. Quite inexpensively, and in our opinion, this is a great chance to get to know the capital of the Sverdlovsk region better.
Below we will consider the best, in our opinion, excursions in Yekaterinburg and its environs. Local guides know and love their city, which they will gladly show you.
It takes more than one day to explore all the attractions of Yekaterinburg and its environs. If you do not have that much time, then a sightseeing tour to Yekaterinburg will help you. You can quickly, but really get to know the rich history of the capital of the Urals, the modern life of the city and of course with the main symbols and monuments.
The Romanovs spent their last days in prison in Yekaterinburg. On the excursion to Yekaterinburg and the last Russian tsar, your route will pass through iconic places in the history of Nicholas II. An excursion to Ganina Yama from Yekaterinburg will begin with a visit to the Church on the Blood. It was built on the site of the demolished house of Ipatiev. Here the royal family was killed in 1918. Then you will go out of town, to the place where Ganin's pit was. Once upon a time in its place there was an abandoned mine in which the consequences of the shooting of the royal family were hidden. Now there is a monastery of the Holy Royal Passion-bearers. Every year people come here to honor the memory of those who died tragically.
Tourists will see monuments, hear urban legends, get acquainted with interesting facts
The tour will pass through the most significant sights, with a visit to the Church on the Blood
Ganina Yama and the Temple-on-the-Blood, built on the site of the death of the Romanovs with a storytelling
Tourists will get acquainted with the Soviet catering and taste the legendary Ural dumplings
A walk in the park along the Serga River, as well as views of the flooded meadows and the Bardymsky ridge
Old stories about merchant secrets, and fresh legends about the destroyed city hospital
Stone tents, ancient dolmens and a lake that existed during the time of mammoths
Tourists will see merchant houses, get acquainted with the life and legends of the Ural merchants
Find out how artists fit their work into the urban space and see their masterpieces
Russian architectural style and the largest constructivist collection in the Urals
Tourists will visit the underground labyrinths of the city and hear interesting stories and chronicles
People usually come to Yekaterinburg for a few days to get to know the city. One day is usually taken away from business affairs by business travelers, residents of neighboring regions who have come to obtain a visa or flying on vacation from Koltsovo airport. But even on the way, if you have only a few hours left, you can get to know the city and form your own opinion.
In Yekaterinburg, as in many cities, there are hiking trails on the asphalt. There are two of them: the Red Line, which links 35 city attractions, and the Blue Line, a route that connects 11 places associated with the name of the family of the last Russian emperor. Both routes are just over 6 kilometers long, and it is quite possible to complete them in one day.
But you can take your time, see for a start the main attractions of Yekaterinburg in 1 day, walk through city parks and squares to get a general idea of the city, sit in a cafe, try Ural cuisine.
Let's start our walk from the main and one of the oldest squares in the city - Square of 1905, where the building of the Yekaterinburg Administration is located and the main city events are held. For example, on New Year's holidays, an ice town grows up on the square, the theme of which is a surprise for the townspeople every year.
You can get here without any problems, many routes of buses, trams, trolley buses and metro from different parts of the city pass through the 1905 square.
This historical place, where Yekaterinburg began, is called “Plotinka” by the townspeople. A museum and memorial complex was created here, because it was here in 1723, by the decree of Emperor Peter I, that the construction of an iron factory began. This year is considered the year of birth of Yekaterinburg. The buildings remaining from the plant are now occupied by museums.
There are four interesting museums on the Plotinka, you should not pass by, you can visit one of them depending on your interests. For example, if you are with children, you can go to the Urals Museum of Nature, where you can see unique exhibits - skeletons of animals that became extinct thousands of years ago. Near the Museum of Architecture and Design there is a monument to Peter I, the founder of the mining business in the Urals, around - large-sized equipment of the Ural factories, manufactured in the 19th - early 20th centuries.
Don't miss the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, the largest art museum in the Urals. Here you can see the collection of the Ural art cast iron casting and its pearl - the Kasli cast iron pavilion, an exhibit of the 1900 World Art and Industrial Exhibition in Paris. You will not see this in any other museum in the world!
If you come to Yekaterinburg in the summer, come to Plotinka in the evening, when the fountains are illuminated, and they begin to dance over the smooth surface of the river to the music.